India Forces Deny Having Evacuated Border Villages Fearing Chinese Attack

Responding to a query by Shashi Tharoor Arun Jaitley also said that there are mechanisms in place to deal with dormant companies being used as shell companies. PTI

"EAM meets with FM of Bhutan Damcho Dorji on sidelines of Bimstec Foreign Ministers' meet", Indian External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar along with a picture of the two leaders.

With China intensifying its bellicose tone amid the ongoing Doklam standoff, India has deployed more troops along the entire stretch of its border with China in Sikkim and Arunachal Pradesh sectors, senior government officials said. "Both sides will now report back to their headquarters", said a source. Meanwhile, China has vociferously expressed its displeasure over India's move with the state-run media warning India of dire consequences if troops are not immediately withdrawn.

The press release further said that talks between China and Bhutan on the issue of boundary were under way and the two countries had written agreements in 1988 and 1998 specifying that they agree to maintain peace and tranquility in the areas around the border are impending a final settlement on the issue of the boundary.

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today met her Bhutanese counterpart Damcho Dorji, who hoped that the standoff between Indian and Chinese troops in the Dokalam area of the Sikkim sector is resolved "peacefully and amicably". India and Bhutan claim the land belongs to the Himalayan kingdom.

India and China are engaged in the standoff in the Doklam area near the Bhutan tri-junction since June after a Chinese Army's construction party attempted to build a road. This claim of China wasn't, however, supported by any evidence. New Delhi is, however, firm on pullout of troops of both sides.

Defence minister ArunJaitley, incidentally, assured Lok Sabha on Friday that the Indian armed forces are geared for all contingencies, while responding to questions on Chinese troop movements in Tibet and the Army vice-chief's statement that Pakistan's indigenous defence production industry was better than India's.

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